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Marc Savlov

TWITTER: @savlovauschron

Marc Savlov has been covering film, music, and pop culture for The Austin Chronicle since 1991. In 2009 he was named "Meanest Critic in America" by the Miller McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy (via aggregate film ratings derived from Metacritic et al). In 2011 he won "Best Film Critic" in the annual Austin Chronicle Best of Austin awards. Currently, he's prepping a non-fiction book and documentary about the punk rock scene in Thailand while attempting to learn Thai and master Adobe Final Cut Pro.

193 articles in 2008   •   page 1 of 5

John Peel's Top Ten

John Peel's Top Ten X-mas

Music Daily, Dec. 27, 2008 12:50 PM

Marley & Me

Sweet and wise and often laugh-out-loud funny (just like Grogan's book), Marley & Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, isn't just for dog people.

Film Review, Dec. 26, 2008


Tom Cruise seems somewhat out of place as a German officer in this thriller about the attempt on Adolf Hitler's life in July 1944.

Film Review, Dec. 26, 2008

The Reader

Stephen Daldry, working from a superior script by David Hare, has crafted a film about guilt, love, and history which stars Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, and newcomer David Kross.

Film Review, Dec. 26, 2008

New Order

Movement: The Factory Years; Power, Corruption & Lies: The Factory Years; Low-Life: The Factory Years; Brotherhood: The Factory Years; Technique: The Factory Years

Music Review, Dec. 19, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle's crowd-pleasing Slumdog Millionaire may be drenched in the saffron and violet palettes of its Mumbai setting, but it plays like a classic Hollywood rags-to-riches love story.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still

This dull, unnecessary remake of the 1951 science-fiction classic features Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly in a wooden cautionary tale.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2008


In this animated fantasy, a band of teens joins together to defend its land from alien winged creatures.

Film Review, Dec. 12, 2008

Cultural Studies

Gifting books without boundaries

Books Feature, Dec. 12, 2008

Forrest J Ackerman Remembered

Screens Daily, Dec. 11, 2008 8:36 AM

The Bad News on Bettie Page

Bettie Page in coma following heart attack

Screens Daily, Dec. 10, 2008 10:45 AM

The Michael Palin Collection: 8 Classic Series

Screens Feature, Dec. 5, 2008

Home Movies 10th Anniversary Set (Limited Edition)

Screens Feature, Dec. 5, 2008

Transporter 3

Jason Statham returns for the third venture in this action series, which is surprisingly better than you might expect.

Film Review, Nov. 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from Eli Roth

Eli Roth's "Thanksgiving"

Screens Daily, Nov. 27, 2008 1:18 PM


One is human and the other's vampire: What's a pair of young soulmates to do?

Film Review, Nov. 26, 2008

They Call Me Monsieur Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Screens Daily, Nov. 21, 2008 9:26 AM


Bolt is a canine who plays a cybernetically enhanced dog on TV but has no knowledge of how to cope in the real world in this new animated film.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2008

My Name Is Bruce

Cult star Bruce Campbell directs and stars here as himself, but the actor is mistaken for his popular character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and is forced to fight a real monster.

Film Review, Nov. 21, 2008

Inside the Mind of the Muscles

Jean-Claude Van Damme on being Jean-Claude Van Damme

Screens Feature, Nov. 21, 2008


Music Review, Nov. 14, 2008

Bouncing Souls

Music Review, Nov. 14, 2008

Quantum of Solace

It's grim, dark, and relentlessly violent – James Bond as Terminator rather than Templar – but it delivers the goods in bloody high style.

Film Review, Nov. 14, 2008


In this Christian horror film, a mad killer who claims to have slain God, torments two couples seeking shelter.

Film Review, Nov. 14, 2008

She's My Heroine

Happy birthday to three of cinema's femmest fatales

Screens Feature, Nov. 14, 2008


Famous Monster of Filmland Forrest J Ackerman gravely ill

Screens Feature, Nov. 14, 2008

Let the Right One In

This multi-award-winning Swedish film might be summarized as a vampire tween romance, but that cheap and tawdry sum-up does zero justice to the magnificent emotional resonance of this gem. A discussion of the adaptation follows the film.

Film Review, Nov. 13, 2008

Ashes of Time Redux

Dreamlike, confounding, yet possessed of a stunningly complex sensual and narrative poetry, Wong Kar-Wai's Chinese film is absolutely gorgeous.

Film Review, Nov. 7, 2008

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

A frighteningly dull updating of The Omen and Rosemary's Baby for the Gossip Girl set.

Film Review, Nov. 7, 2008

Repo! The Genetic Opera

This cyber-gothic opera set in an unsavory world of the near-future stars Sarah Brightman, Paul Sorvino, and Paris Hilton, among others.

Film Review, Nov. 7, 2008

DJ Jester the Filipino Fist & Ernest Gonzales

Get Busy

Music Review, Oct. 31, 2008

Saw V

Jigsaw and his traps live on for another installment of demented torture.

Film Review, Oct. 31, 2008


Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie in this Depression-era-set mystery/thriller/proto-feminist drama based on a true incident.

Film Review, Oct. 31, 2008


Apart from its shape-shifting fungal porcupines from outer space, this horror film has little else to recommend.

Film Review, Oct. 31, 2008

For Mature Audiences Only

How did Kevin Smith prep to make a movie about two kids making a porn? Years of research.

Screens Feature, Oct. 31, 2008

Lit Life: Richard Price

Lit Life: Richard Price

Books Feature, Oct. 31, 2008

Citizen of the World: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Citizen of the World: Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Books Feature, Oct. 31, 2008

Viva Les Froid Amis!

Screens Daily, Oct. 29, 2008 9:04 AM

Max Payne

Film version of the popular video game stars Mark Wahlberg … unfortunately.

Film Review, Oct. 24, 2008

Shock and Awesomeness

Stephen Romano puts the movies in his mind down on paper in his fake-history coffeetable book, Shock Festival

Screens Feature, Oct. 24, 2008

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